Scotland is set to be the first in the world to use a new medical test for diabetes.
The new test will be rolled out from November 1. This is a simple blood test for people with type I diabetes. It is hoped that the new test will help some patients to stop taking insulin.
Using the new test, doctors will be able to determine how much insulin a diabetic is making. This can be done by testing for the amount of C peptide that is present. According to the government: “If the C peptide is present in significant amounts, it may indicate that the person does not have type 1 diabetes and that it may be possible to stop or reduce insulin treatment.
Public Health Minister Maree Todd said: “Diabetes is a clinical priority for this government and we want to ensure that all people with diabetes in Scotland can access safe, effective and people-centered health care, treatment and support.
“Type 1 diabetes is a major health challenge around the world. I am proud that Scotland is the first country to introduce this blood test which has the potential to have a significant positive impact on the lives of people with diabetes.
Professor Mark Strachan commented on the new test. He said, “C-peptide helps diabetes specialists make a more accurate diagnosis of the cause of diabetes, which means we can get people to take the most appropriate treatment. In some cases, the C-peptide test has allowed people to stop very long-lasting insulin therapy; it can transform life.
“If anyone has concerns about their diabetes or would like to know more about the new blood test, they should contact their diabetes clinical team who are best placed to provide specific advice and support based on their personal situation. “
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